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By lm (Tue Aug 21, 2012 at 05:56:09 PM EST) (all tags)
I thought it was a moderately funny idea, single sentence movie reviews. For example:

Not even Gary Cooper and Patricia Neal can save The Fountainhead from Ayn Rand's atrocious screenplay about an ideologically driven terrorist that bombs an innocent third party's private property to avenge a personal slight.

I put up two entries last night, The Fountainhead and Malice in Wonderland. Then two more early this morning, Southland Tales and The Hunger Games.

Then after my morning workout, I found that my Google account disabled so I could not access email, Google+, blogspot, or any other of Google's personal services.

Poo.



On my way to work, I noticed that my Google+ app on my phone was unable to log in. I figured Google was just having problems. So when I got to work, after I put out most of the morning's fires, I tried to log into Google Mail only to receive a warning that they had detected suspicious activity on my account that they needed to verify who I am before allowing me to log in. This was easy enough through Google sending a text to my mobile phone with a verification code. After verifying and logging in, I found this message.


From: Blogger <no-reply@google.com>
Date: Tue, Aug 21, 2012 at 8:32 AM
Subject: http://singlesentencemoviereviews.blogspot.com/ has been deleted
To: malatesta@gmail.com

Hello, Your blog at http://singlesentencemoviereviews.blogspot.com/ has been reviewed and confirmed as in violation of our Terms of Service for: SPAM. In accordance to these terms, we've removed the blog and the URL is no longer accessible. For more information, please review the following resources: Blogger Terms of Service: http://blogger.com/terms.g Blogger Content Policy: http://blogger.com/go/contentpolicy -The Blogger Team

In retrospect, I can see how it might be interpreted as SPAM, broadly speaking. But I'm not convinced that it meets the definition of SPAM that Google has put into the Blogspot terms of service. But, so far as I can tell, there is no good way to appeal the decision.

Moreover, it appears that while my account was disabled, all of my Google+ contents and profile magically disappeared. I'm not aware if any of my other blogs at Google also disappeared into the great bit bucket in the sky but I wouldn't be surprised if they did. And, if they did, ouch.

I still think my idea for a blog is worthwhile. That is to say, I think it is at least moderately humorous. I mean, c'mon ...


Jennifer Lawrence and Woody Harrelson deliver epic acting performances in the dystopian Hunger Games as reality TV star Katniss Everdeen and her mentor Haymitch Abernathy who plot to win a nationally televised battle to the death between 24 angsty teenagers by only killing people in self defense and feigning to be in love with a boy Katniss has ignored her entire life.

But if it triggers Google's SPAM detection, that means that even if I turn to other service providers (such as Tumbler or Twitter), my blog still won't get any hits on Google.

That kind of sucks.

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That's interesting by yankeehack (4.00 / 1) #1 Tue Aug 21, 2012 at 05:59:51 PM EST
since I have a blogspot blog that posts nothing but job postings. And you're the one who gets the spam notice.

To be fair, it might be because you're triggering content filtering.

Also, go to tumblr with the cool kids.
"...she dares to indulge in the secret sport. You can't be a MILF with the F, at least in part because the M is predicated upon it."-CBB

I'm guessing that copious use of tags contributed by lm (4.00 / 1) #2 Tue Aug 21, 2012 at 06:06:19 PM EST
Tumblr does have certain attractions.

But what happens when Google buys Tumblr?


There is no more degenerate kind of state than that in which the richest are supposed to be the best.
Cicero, The Republic
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That Tumblr by brokkr (2.00 / 0) #3 Tue Aug 21, 2012 at 06:28:18 PM EST
Is just about the best thing I've seen in a long while.
--
Deyr fé, deyja frændr, deyr sjalfr it sama,
ek veit einn, at aldrei deyr: dómr um dau∂an hvern.

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Am I missing something? by lm (2.00 / 0) #4 Tue Aug 21, 2012 at 07:24:48 PM EST
Or is there no way to link to a specific post on tumblr?

There is no more degenerate kind of state than that in which the richest are supposed to be the best.
Cicero, The Republic
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the date by gzt (2.00 / 0) #5 Tue Aug 21, 2012 at 07:42:18 PM EST
"posted on august 12th, 2012" or whatever is a link to the specific post.

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I found it by lm (2.00 / 0) #6 Tue Aug 21, 2012 at 07:53:40 PM EST
If you supply a title to the post and provide a custom URL for the post, the title turns into a hyperlink.

There is no more degenerate kind of state than that in which the richest are supposed to be the best.
Cicero, The Republic
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you got got. by the mariner (2.00 / 0) #7 Tue Aug 21, 2012 at 08:31:13 PM EST
i'd be willing to bet your review of the fountainhead prompted a gaggle of randroids to flag your blog as spam. 

wait, never mind. by the mariner (4.00 / 2) #8 Tue Aug 21, 2012 at 08:37:05 PM EST
after reviewing your blog entries, i, too, have confirmed that you're a spammer. 

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That's not a review of Hunger Games by darkbrown (2.00 / 0) #9 Wed Aug 22, 2012 at 04:36:23 AM EST
It's a synopsis.

google are dicks, film at 11 by clover kicker (4.00 / 2) #10 Wed Aug 22, 2012 at 08:11:23 AM EST
It's a PITA to keep separate accounts for all my various personae, but stuff like this makes me keep it that way.

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